Dennis Gates Named Assistant Coach

April 5, 2005

BERKELEY - Former Golden Bear guard Dennis Gates, who starred for California from 1999-2002, is returning to his alma mater as an assistant basketball coach, head coach Ben Braun announced Tuesday.

Gates was a member of Cal's 1999 National Invitation Tournament championship squad and played key roles on the Bears' NCAA Tournament teams in 2001 and '02. In 114 career games, he had 34 starts and finished with an average of 3.8 points per game, as well as 100 steals and 148 assists.

'Dennis brings great passion to the job,' Braun said. 'He was a tremendous inspiration and role model during his tenure as a student-athlete. His competitive nature and knowledge of the game will benefit our program.'

A 6-3 native of Chicago, Gates, 25, was a two-time first team Pac-10 All-Academic choice. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology in just three years and completed his master's degree in education during his senior campaign. Gates received Cal's Most Inspirational Player Award in 2001, the Pete Newell Award as the team's best defensive player in 2002 and was twice named the Bears' Outstanding Student-Athlete (1999, 2001).

'I have the same excitement I had when I first signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Cal,' Gates said of his return to Berkeley. 'There's a sense of pride, energy and enthusiasm to be back with Coach Braun and I am honored that he selected me out of strong pool of candidates. I understand his philosophy and know what he expects of his players and what it takes to be a Cal student-athlete. We've maintained our friendship since I graduated, and I am proud to give back to the institution and all the fans.'

Since graduating in 2002, Gates has spent one year each on staff with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, Marquette University and Florida State. He served as an intern assistant coach under Alvin Gentry and Dennis Johnson with the Clippers in 2002-03, then was a graduate assistant on Tom Crean's staff at Marquette in '03-04 and a GA under Leonard Hamilton at Florida State this past season.

At Cal, Gates replaces George Nessman, who was named head coach at San Jose State last month. His hiring completes Braun's staff, which also includes associate head coach Louis Reynaud and assistant coach Joe Pasternack.

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